Brendan Koffi aka Koffi Machette is representing Meru to its fullest, trappy-est potential. The rapper and former back up dancer tells XACCESS the complications that being an out-of-towner brings and the future projects he has with some big names on the scene. Here is the 411.
Tell us about your sound
I’m a rapper, I do hip hop and trap music.
How did you get your start in the industry?
It was back in 2013 at a recording studio in Meru. I started out as a dancer before I began rapping, I was a dancer for so many artistes in Meru but my interest had always been in rap music. I’d go to the studio everyday but never record anything. One day the producer came up to me after hearing me rap a little of the lines I had written down. He told to me to get into the booth and he wouldn’t charge me for it. So that’s how I recorded my first song.
What is the music industry in Meru like?
It’s growing, it’s not the same way it was a few years ago. There’s also a few up and coming artistes from the area that are trying to make a name for themselves out there.
What would you say is the message of your music?
Basically I express what I feel in the moment. In rap it’s hard to express how you feel while still being on-trend. Like with trap music it’s difficult to convey sad feelings and so that’s where hip hop comes in.
What inspires you?
Daily life inspires me, emotions, the things people go through.
Who do you take influences from in your music?
I listen to so many people. Rabbit, Khaligraph, a few spoken word artistes like Teardrops, Joh Makini, Darassa. As a musician you have to listen to a lot of music so that you figure out where you land artistically.
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What are you working on currently?
I’m working on a project with Saint P, we’ve already recorded it’s just the video that’s left to shoot. There’s also a few collabos underway but with Tanzanian artistes, Ruby, Kemikali or Darassa.
Do you ever listen to your own music?
I don’t like listening to myself, but if I have to I listen to old tracks that were never released.
What are the major challenges you’ve experienced trying to come up in the industry?
It’s been hard because I’m from Meru and I can’t promote my music while I’m still there. I used to have to travel from there to Nairobi every time I had an interview or a show here. Every time I released a song I’d have to come to the city and stay here for one week just to promote it. Getting airplay on local radio stations is also a big challenge to overcome.
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